Looking back on the past. . .

Deborah Blum, a strike captain working at TV City, said she’d been through two past strikes, in 1988 and 1981. A writer for the History Channel series “MegaDisasters”– appropriate for how some in H’wood feel today, no?–  she offered a history lesson of her own on past guild work stoppages.

“Each one of the strikes has been triggered by a technological revolution,” she said.

She noted that scribes in the 1950s gave up residuals for broadcasts of past films in order to get better pension plan benefits. This strike, too, was about making sure future generations of scribes benefit from new mediums.

In 1988, Blum said scribes were too quick to give in on sharing profits from videotapes.

“That has been seen as a big mistake,” she said. “We didn’t really look to the future.”

For this strike, “There’s a tremendous amount of unity within the guild.”  — J.A.

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